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New Year's Concert 1996 / Maazel, Wiener Philharmoniker


Release Date: 10/15/1996 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68421   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Carl Michael ZiehrerJosef StraussEduard Strauss,   ... 
Performer:  Lorin Maazel
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Not only are Maazel and the orchestra on peak form, relaxed and glowing throughout, but the program includes an exceptionally strong crop of novelties, never heard at these concerts before, and the recorded sound caught by the RCA engineers is among the finest captured at the Musikvereinsaal.

With the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year concert appearing for the first time on the RCA label, it is good to welcome one of the most enjoyable in the annual series. Not only are Maazel and the orchestra on peak form, relaxed and glowing throughout, but the programme includes an exceptionally strong crop of novelties, never heard at these concerts before, and the recorded sound caught by the RCA engineers is among the finest I have
Read more heard from the Musikvereinsaal, giving cleaner focus than usual and a firmer sense of presence. When in this country far fewer people than usual heard the New Year's Day concert this year, limited as it was to BBC Radio 3 with no television relay, the disc is even more welcome.

As the years go by, so this event seems to exact a profound change on Maazel's character. Who would have expected 20 years ago that he would become not only the most regular conductor of the event, but would completely shed his old image of a very sober, often scowling maestro. This time he is pictured on the cover, violin in hand, grinning with delight, and the performances consistently reflect that ease, his deep affection and understanding for the idiom. Where last year his big violin solo came in a favourite number, Tales from the Vienna Woods, this time it is in a rarity, the overture Die Göttin der Vernunft ("The Goddess of Reason"), Johann Strauss Il's last operetta, characteristically with waltz and polka themes alternating. Among the other half-dozen or so works never heard before at a New Year concert I particularly enjoyed the waltz, Phönix-Schwingen ("Wings of the Phoenix"), exhilaratingly done, with one idea like "Chopsticks" in waltz-time. There are many other items to cherish, new and old, such as the jaunty Blumenfest polka and the aptly named Furioso-Polka. The whole concert is so long that the encores have spilt over on to a second, much briefer CD, included free in the same jewel-case. A happy issue to set the seal on Maazel's new association with RCA.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [5/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1. Fest-Marsch, Op. 452 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2. Wiener Bürger, Op. 419 by Carl Michael Ziehrer
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3. Die Nasswalderin, Op. 267 by Josef Strauss
Performer:  Lorin Maazel (Violin)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. Blumenfest-Polka, Op. 111 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5. Eine Nacht in Venedig: Lagunen-Walzer, Op. 411 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6. Mit Vergnügen!, Op. 228 by Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7. Waldmeister: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 10 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8. Phönix-Schwingen, Op. 125 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9. Die tanzende Muse, Op. 266 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10. Die Göttin der Vernunft: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
11. Sekunden-Polka, Op. 258 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
12. Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 
13. Jokey-Polka, Op. 278 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
14. Furioso-Polka, Op. 260 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
15. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 40 Secs. 
16. Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1996 
Venue:  Live  Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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